Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

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More people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot. While this is great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner.

Image: street intersectionThe PAL campaign wants everyone to know how to easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being a PAL --  Predictable, Alert and Lawful. If more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for those who drive, walk and bike.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

More About PAL

Click to enlarge this street scene (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required).  It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling, and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

Did You Know?

Arlington County is one of only 15 Gold-level Walk Friendly Communities in the U.S.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
311
14th Street Bridge
913
Arlington Mill Trail
526
Ballston Connector
413
Bluemont Connector
323
CC Connector
1178
Clarendon EB bike lane
241
Custis Bon Air Park
1554
Custis Rosslyn
2075
Fairfax EB bike lane
223
Joyce St NB
42
Joyce St SB
28
Key Bridge East
1408
Key Bridge West
941
Military NB bike lane
70
Military SB bike lane
85
MVT Airport South
3175
Quincy NB bike lane
165
Quincy SB bike lane
145
Roosevelt Bridge
648
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1935
TR Island Bridge
1897
WOD Bon Air Park
1366
WOD Bon Air West
2238
WOD Columbia Pike
1138
WOD East Falls Church
1598
Wilson WB bike lane
327

Peds counted

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110 Trail
573
14th Street Bridge
315
Arlington Mill Trail
710
Ballston Connector
562
Bluemont Connector
451
CC Connector
754
Custis Bon Air Park
686
Custis Rosslyn
330
Joyce St NB
55
Joyce St SB
100
Key Bridge East
3112
Key Bridge West
1195
MVT Airport South
343
Roosevelt Bridge
155
TR Island Bridge
1051
WOD Bon Air Park
1002
WOD Bon Air West
1048
WOD Columbia Pike
808
WOD East Falls Church
500

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6748428
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